skip to content

Neonatal Care and Orphans

Text and Images from Slide

Weight Gain Rule of Thumb (Puppies)

3-4 Weeks Old

3-4 Weeks Old, by Tom Schaefges and Harriett Weatherford

View all slides | Contents of this slide

Lecture Notes

A general rule of thumb for weight gain in puppies is that for the first three to four weeks we should expect 1 to 1.25 grams of gain per day for every pound of expected adult weight. So, for example, if we have a breed or breed mix and we expect the adult dog to weight approximately 60 pounds, we should expect the puppy to gain 60 to 75 grams per day for the first three to four weeks of life.